OPM: D.C. feds can take unscheduled telework, leave on Tuesday

Federal workers in the Washington, D.C., region can take unscheduled telework Tuesday due to an approaching storm, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

The National Weather Service says a winter storm advisory is in effect from until noon for the District with winter storm watches posted for parts of Maryland and Virginia. NWS forecasts a slight chance of freezing drizzle and rain through Tuesday morning.

OPM updated the Federal Government Operating Status for the DC area early Tuesday morning:

We urge federal employees to exercise extreme caution and to be alert to changing weather and road conditions in their area.

Non-emergency employees must notify their supervisor of their intent to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Eligible employees may-

  • Use annual leave, earned compensatory time off, earned credit hours, or leave without pay; or
  • As permitted by their agency’s policies, procedures, and collective bargaining agreements, telework from home on a non-telework day, if the employee has a telework agreement in place that is approved for unscheduled telework.

Employees scheduled to telework on the day of the announcement are expected to begin telework on time or request unscheduled leave.

Non-emergency employees may request supervisory approval to change their AWS day off or rearrange their work hours under a flexible work schedule.

Non-emergency employees may request sick leave if they meet the qualifying conditions under law, OPM regulations, and follow their agency’s policies and procedures.

Emergency employees are expected to report to their worksite on time unless otherwise directed by their agencies.

“The safety of federal employees and our community is our top priority,” said OPM Director John Berry in a statement yesterday. “This early announcement gives employees and managers the flexibility to stay safe and keep our government working.”

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